Girls’ tennis upsets Hopkins

Girls’ tennis upsets Hopkins

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Ayelet Prottas

Senior Ava Jacobson returns a serve Oct. 5. Park won against Hopkins during their first sections match.

Lauren Thon

After an underdog win against Hopkins Oct. 5, head coach Andres Gamero said the team was very attentive and fought all the way until the end.

“We played with confidence and they believed in what they were doing,” Gamero said. 

Junior Lily Fadell said that she tried to keep a level head going into today’s match knowing that it was going to be a tough battle.

“Last time we played them it went into (the) third set and was really, really close so I went in knowing it was going to be difficult,” Fadell said. 

What I can compare to what I saw last year in a similar situation is that no one gave up this time, they came back. (The players) were struggling and overcame it so that was huge.”

— Andres Gamero

According to junior Zoe Gutz, the win also brought a personal achievement to her at partner junior Anna McCallon as she avenged her previous loss to Hopkins.

“Last time we played them Anna and I lost,” Gutz said. “For us to come back and win was really awesome.”

In addition to Gutz and McCallon, Fadell and her partner, junior Molly Horstman-Olson also won their match.

“My ground strokes were really consistent,” Fadell said. “Molly played really well at the net so we balanced eachother out.”

According to Gutz, this match was extremely meaningful for her and her partner Anna McCallon. 

“Last time we played them Anna and I lost,” Gutz said. “For us to come back and win was really awesome.”

According to Gamero he has seen exponential growth in his team since last year. 

“What I can compare to what I saw last year in a similar situation is that no one gave up this time, they came back,” Gamero said. “They were struggling and overcame it so that was huge.”

Gutz said that the next match against top-ranked Edina is  going to be tough for everyone, but keeping a positive mindset will be optimal

“(Thursday’s match) is going to be tough for everyone,” Fadell said. “Every point is a new point, so don’t think about what happened last set or even last match.”

The next match is at 4 p.m. Oct. 7, at Edina High School against Edina.